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Sociology students collect hats, gloves, scarves for local school

Austin Peay State University students enrolled in the Families in Crisis sociology course are taking the lessons they have learned about how family poverty affects the school system beyond the classroom.

Members of the class, taught by Dr. Tucker Brown, assistant professor of sociology, collected more than 100 new winter hats, gloves and scarves to give to students at Byrns Darden Elementary School in the New Providence area of Clarksville. The items will be distributed before the holiday break.
Austin Peay State University students enrolled in the Families in Crisis sociology course are taking the lessons they have learned about how family poverty affects the school system beyond the classroom.

Members of the class, taught by Dr. Tucker Brown, assistant professor of sociology, collected more than 100 new winter hats, gloves and scarves to give to students at Byrns Darden Elementary School in the New Providence area of Clarksville. The items will be distributed before the holiday break.

“This was my students' idea, and they really ran with this,” Brown said. “I'm impressed and delighted by their compassion.”

The course focuses on the many challenges facing the postmodern American family, including poverty and disadvantage.

For more information about the students' efforts, contact Brown by telephone at (931) 221-7725 or by e-mail at brownt@apsu.edu. -- Melony A. Jones